Destroyed cities, invisible cities, abandoned cities. And, in parallel, rebuilt cities, revived cities, possible cities. Right in the middle of it all, the ruins. Be they chunks of age-old boundary walls or run-down railroad depots, the rubble leads us all the way through a seemingly dead-end street. Standing in front of the wreckage, a man is compelled to stop and imagine new worlds, new horizons, and fresh ways to build his own future. Tucking up one’s sleeves, joining forces and turn the bomb craters into foundations. Or picking up what is left and set out, letting the dumb land to be swept by the wind.
Angelus Novus is an interactive multimedial live performance entailing the involvement of at least 30 people. Conceived so as to be staged in open urban spaces, the performance is a poetic choral experience meant to reach the core of an instant: the one when human beings, by watching the wreckage of their world, manage to figure out what is forthcoming.
Angelus Novus is a mid-/long-term project to be enacted in diverse urban contexts, both European and extra-European, establishing a synergic relatioship with its local partners from time to time and actively involving the local people.
* (Original Concept and Project by Lucia Falco and Marcello Serafino. Photography by Stefano Puzzuoli)